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Why People Really Choose to Follow Their Leaders...

leadership Apr 17, 2018

In last week’s blog post, I ended with a quote by John Maxwell: “If people do not have trust in you as a leader, they will not respect nor want to follow you.” An Afghan Proverb also states, “If you think you’re leading and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk.” There’s a lot of truth in both of these statements, and it begs us to consider what it is that makes those we lead choose to either follow us or not.

As a Certified Trainer with The John Maxwell Team, I have access to a lot of John’s resources and teachings to share with others, as well as to continue my own personal and professional growth. Recently, I was listening to a call with John on why people choose to follow their leaders. But before we dive in to this week’s post, I think it’s important to point out that, first and foremost, leadership is not a position. Great leadership can exist, or not exist, at any level in an organization....

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How Poor Leadership Cost Me Cinnamon Rolls on Saturdays & Much More!

leadership Apr 10, 2018

I’ve been leading people inside organizations for over 18 years. What that essentially means is I’ve had ample opportunities to make mistakes, and I’ve made a lot of them. My life and my career have been a mixed bag of success and failure. I’m sure some of you can relate. As we continue focusing on our core value of trust this month, I want to share a big mistake I made early on in my professional career as a leader. Authenticity is extremely important in leadership, so I’m going to open myself up a bit in this week's blog post.

There’s a reason why I chose the picture above. I absolutely LOVE cinnamon rolls! When I became a newly-promoted Store Manager in my mid-twenties with the Walgreens Corporation, one of my team members (we will call her Sue) made the BEST cinnamon rolls, and she would bring them in for the team on Saturday mornings when I worked a half-day. Sue was also one of the best team members I had on staff. To be honest, I...

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Establishing Trust Goes a Long Way in Leadership

leadership Apr 03, 2018

No, that’s not me! I’ve never jumped from a plane, and I never will. You can ask my wife, Sarah. She can vouch for me. I am by no means a thrillseeker. I don’t even enjoy roller coasters. For me, things like this are akin to “near death experiences.” I find zero enjoyment in them. However, if I was open to something like this - in this case, jumping from a plane, I would definitely want someone on my back whom I could trust my life with. Let’s face it, I have a wife and two children, Eiley (I-Lee) & Nathan, who rely on me. It’s important that I remain alive!

As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I’m saying all of this with a sense of humor, but trust is important. Whether we are jumping from a plane for the first time, leading a team of people, or serving our loyal customers, trust is an absolute must if we are going to be successful over the long term in accomplishing our purpose and fulfilling our mission. Without trust...

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Leveraging Team Members Strengths at Work

employee engagement Apr 01, 2018

Phrases like “You can be anything you want to be,” and “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to,” get thrown around a lot. I heard them a lot myself growing up from friends, family, and teachers. Don’t get me wrong, their intentions were good. I’m all for empowering people and encouraging them to pursue their dreams, but we all have our limitations. Just because a young man or woman practices basketball fundamentals day-in and day-out for hours and hours, doesn’t mean he or she will become as talented as Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant. There has to be a natural set of talents and skillsets in place to help someone reach that kind of potential. And it’s no different in your workplace. Your employees and managers must focus on their unique strengths, and the specific value-adding activities each can bring to your team, if you expect your business to reach its full potential.

The challenge is we focus entirely too much on...

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